Ft. Monroe, Va.
April 29th 1857
My dear Sisters,
I received George’s note & telegraph (enclosed) announcing the death of Aunt, Tuesday morning too late for me to have reached Lancaster in time for the funeral. Even if I got to Baltimore in time the first train, however I would have started at once, had I not been suffering with “chills & fever” ever since my return here, and have not been out of the house more than once or twice for the last week.
I was of course prepared to hear this sad news from what I saw in your letters to Jane while in Baltimore, & I only regret now that I did not go up to L. at once instead of coming here. I might as well have been sick there as here. I regret it the more because I have not been present on the death of any of the members of our family & being so near and Aunt being the last connecting in between us & the past. I did hope to be able to join your sorrowing circle and follow her remains to the grave.
When you write let me know all the particulars, & what your plans for the future will be. If it is necessary I can come up to L. for a few days anytime. With much love to all.
Jim’s telegraph came this morning.